Canes Fall 14-10 to Georgia Tech

MIAMI, Fla. - The #3 Miami Hurricanes could not score a touchdown on their final drive as Georgia Tech won 14-10 in front of 53,764 people at the Orange Bowl.

Trailing 14-10 with 2:37 left in the game, Miami quarterback Kyle Wright took the field with the game on the line.

It didn't matter that he threw three straight incompletions the drive before or that Charlie Jones was stuffed on a 4th-and-1 play earlier in the quarter.

All that mattered was that the Hurricanes had the ball on the 11-yardline and needed to go 89 yards for a touchdown to get the lead.

The first two plays were completions to Quadtrine Hill for 13 yards and Ryan Moore for 25 yards giving the Hurricanes a first down on the 49-yardline with all three timeouts remaining.

Wright short-hopped a ball to Sinorice Moos for an incompletion, but came right back to him for a 24-yard gain as Moss raced up the Georgia Tech sideline.

After the play, Georgia Tech (7-3) called timeout with 1:46 remaining. The Hurricanes clearly had momentum and they were now at the Georgia Tech 27-yardline.

That was as far as Wright and the 'Canes would get.

On the very next play after the timeout Wright threw into double coverage inside the 5-yardline to Greg Olsen only to have it intercepted by Dennis Davis.

With three timeouts and Georgia Tech pinned at the 3-yardline the game was not over.

However, Reggie Ball single-handedly closed out the game for the Yellow Jackets as the junior quarterback rushed four straight times for 16 yards before taking a knee giving Georgia Tech the win.

Ball finished the game 11-of-30 passing for 159 yards and rushed for 28 yards including a 16-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to give Georgia Tech the 14-10 lead.

Wright was 14-of-31 for 207 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Most notably, Wright was sacked seven times in the game.

Miami (8-2) never got into any type of offensive rhythm as the ground game didn't get on track.

Running back Charlie Jones rushed for 50 yards on 18 carries.

Freshman safety Kenny Phillips intercepted two passes in the game, but both were nullified on pass interference calls by Marcus Maxey.

Georgia Tech scored on their first possession with a 2-yard touchdown run by Tashard Choice, who replaced P. J. Daniels in the starting lineup due to a bruised sternum.

The touchdown was set-up by Chris Woods took the toss right and instead of running the ball he attempted a pass to Calvin Johnson. The pass was intercepted by Kenny Phillips, but it was nullified due to a pass interference call on Marcus Maxey set up a 1st-and-goal from the 2-yardline. Three plays later Choice scored the touchdown.

Choice finished with 84 yards rushing and a touchdown on 29 carries.

Travis Bell missed a 32-yard field goal in the second quarter that would have gave Georgia Tech a 10-0 lead.

Instead, Miami hit a field goal by Jon Peattie from 43 yards to close the gap to 7-3. The Hurricanes had great field position at the Georgia Tech 24-yardline to start their sixth drive of the game. They managed to lose two yards in three plays setting up the field goal attempt.

After registering just 44 yards in their first seven offensive drives, Wright engineered a 90-yard, 7-play drive just before the end of the second quarter ending in a 19-yard touchdown pass to Moss.

Ryan Moore highlighted the drive with two receptions totaling 52 yards including a 37-yard reception on the Miami sideline.

With the touchdown Miami took a 10-7 lead into halftime.

Moore finished with his second straight productive game with 77 receiving yards on three catches.

The only scoring in the second half was a 16-yard touchdown run by Ball as he split the Hurricane defense up the middle.

The touchdown was set up by a 9-yard completion to star receiver Calvin Johnson on a 3rd-and-8.

Johnson, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound sophomore, caught six passes in the game for 89 yards.

Miami has their final regular season game of the season when they play host to Virginia (6-4) on November 26.

Christopher Stock is a Senior Writer & Assistant Editor with CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at stock@canestime.com

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